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Aingeal was just like any other young woman in NYC. She knew the dangers, was safe most of the time but occasionally she forgot how dangerous it was. One night on her way to work her world was turned upside down by an evil man and she would never forget again.
Survival alone was not an option for her. Revenge would be the only way to clear her soul of the darkness placed by that man, and if a few criminals are taught a lesson along the way all the better. Aingeal rises up out of the darkness to take on the devil that haunts her. The only thing keeping her from going over the edge is her boyfriend Dean but if he ever found out her secret he would not only break her heart, he would ruin her plans. So by day she is still the sweet woman she was before, but by night she is The Dark Angel.
An edgy psychological thriller, Rise of the Dark Angel is not for the faint of heart with some mild violence and references to sexual abuse and torture.
TR: Pixie! So glad you could come by…welcome!
PB: Thank you so much, Thomas…it’s a pleasure being here 🙂
TR: Well, what do you say we get this puppy barking…how old were you when you wrote your first piece?
PB: I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, but never had the confidence to do anything with my work until I was in my late thirties. This is when I self-published my first book, so we will go with that.
TR: Works for me. So, what did you write?
PB: “Rise of the Dark Angel” is a psychological thriller.
TR: That’s starting out with a bang. What made you write that?
PB: Well I wouldn’t necessarily say I was made to write it, more of highly encouraged to finish it. As I mentioned, I’ve been writing since I was young, but it was not until recently I shared some of my writing with a friend. She read it and pushed me to keep going if it wasn’t for her I may never have published my first book.
TR: Ah…good for her. Evidently your buddy thought it was pretty good. So, “Dark Angel” is out. What have you written since then?
PB: I’m currently working on the second book in the Dark Angel trilogy, which is nearly done as far as the first draft goes.
TR: Very cool. Sequels are always an exciting affair. Why did you decide to write a second installment?
PB: The few people that have read the first book really enjoyed it and asked for more, so seeing as I was planning on a trilogy I figured what the heck. I have so many ideas for Aingeal, might as well share them.
TR: Absolutely! Keep going back to the well, as long as it holds water. Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available.
PB: The Dark Angel Trilogy is a series about a young woman who was abducted, then brutally tortured and left for dead. Through the series you follow Aingeal’s transformation from an innocent young woman to a calculating machine searching for revenge and justice. But will she survive this change in the end?
Right now it is only available on Amazon but I am hoping to expand to other retailers.
TR: Whew. That sounds pretty good. Best of luck with the expansion. So tell us, is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
PB: My bed. I know that sounds really strange, but I have insomnia so most nights I lay in bed and think of what I could write about. I also get inspiration from my dreams. I know some people cannot remember their dreams, sometimes I wish I couldn’t!
TR: I’ll bet you’re one of those that keeps pen and paper at their bedside, aren’t you. Okay, now what made you choose independent publishing?
PB: It’s nearly impossible to get picked up by a traditional publisher these days. The field is being bombarded by new authors looking for their big break, and it is so easy to get lost in the crowd. Independent publishing gets you out there quicker, but it is so difficult to get publicity. Sometimes I feel like I am still lost, but I keep trudging on.
TR: I have to agree with the crowded part. We all have found that to be true. It’s a common opinion that marketing is far more difficult than writing for most. Now, if you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
PB: Media and contacts definitely! Getting your book out there and noticed is the hardest part and the most important because if you cannot get your work out there then you will not go anywhere. I published my book last June and it’s been a struggle.
TR: Fair enough. Everyone knows this next one is my favorite question – what mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
PB: I was quick to get my first book published and I rushed the process. Afterwards I noticed there were a few editing errors, and I even changed my cover image. Let me tell you, making changes to a book that has gone live is not that easy, so next time I plan to make sure everything is as perfect as it can get before I jump.
TR: Now there is an important lesson for everyone to hear. Okay, after your trilogy, do you have an idea for your next book?
PB: After the Dark Angel trilogy I am considering doing something in the fantasy genre, who knows. Right now I am just concentrating on finishing this trilogy. One step at a time.
TR: One step indeed. Thanks a bunch for dropping by, Pixie. It was fun, and a true pleasure 🙂
PB: Thank you, Thomas….I had a ball!
There you go, all. A glimpse into Carol “Pixie” Brearley. “Rish of the Dark Angel” sounds great, and it’s out there. Go pluck one off the shelf, won’t you?
Tune in tomorrow, when I interview my good friend Dianne Harman and “Blue Coyote Motel”.